Hawt tanuki cosplay.pl. n. tanuki (never “tanukis”)
n., the Japanese raccoon dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus; in Japanese Shinto folklore, the tanuki has powerful shapeshifting abilities, esp. taking human form; they are traditionally represented with giant testicles (“golden jewels”); nominally evil, they are considered to be more humorous than harmful, and are depicted as absent-minded and fun-loving; also bake-danuki; Japanese (狸 or たぬき) tanuki. See kitsune.

Addendum: Tanuki make appearances in games, usu. Japanese ones; examples include Super Mario Bros. 3, the Animal Crossing games, and Ragnarok Online. But this entry is really an excuse to pimp one of my favorite anime films of all time, 1994’s Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko — it’s from Studio Ghibli, and if you haven’t seen it, stop what you’re doing right now and watch it. You should definitely show it to children, so you can explain to them what the giant things between the male characters’ legs are. I can also recommend 2005’s Princess Raccoon.

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